NFL mock drafts: Predictions on Packers picks
APR 08, 2014 5:30p ET
With the NFL Draft a month away (that's either close or a far way off depending on your point of view), it seems like a good time to check out mock drafts from around the Internet to get predictions on who the Packers might select.
Some mocks do only one round, some a few and there's even a seven-rounder out there.
For the most part, I tried to keep the drafts current, so the majority of these are since April 1. A mock put out March 8, for example, doesn't hold nearly a much water what with pro days and free agency having come and gone (or still going).
Anyway, with that introduction out of the way, here's what I hope is a comprehensive list of mock drafts.
Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange (April 8)
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. "The aggressive and somewhat surprising addition of Julius Peppers certainly diversifies Green Bay's pass rush but further reinforcements may be needed on the interior, where the team appears ready to move on from veterans Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett. Nix is built similarly to holdover B.J. Raji, who was brought back on a one-year deal but plays with a more consistent motor."
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (April 8)
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois. "Green Bay has a need at free safety and although it would be somewhat uncharacteristic for Ted Thompson to go safety in the first round, Ward gives the Packers an instant upgrade in the secondary."
Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com (April 7)
1. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota ("The Packers brought back B.J. Raji on a short-term deal. Ted Thompson's actions spoke volumes when the organization locked up Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and others but decided to let Raji test free agency. Green Bay could still use a difference-maker on the defensive line."); 2. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame; 3a. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin; 3b. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh; 4.Trai Turner, G, LSU; 5a. Tre Boston, S/CB, North Carolina; 5b. Morgan Breslin, DE/OLB, USC.
Braden Gall, Athlon Sports (April 7)
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville. "The Packers would love to see Mosley fall to them or reach on home state hero Chris Borland but safety might be a more pressing need. Pryor is No. 2 at his position behind Clinton-Dix and has long been an excellent player with size, speed and physicality. The Pack also need to avoid tight end and wide receiver with this pick as Ted Thompson has been masterful at finding those guys in the latter rounds (See: Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones)."
DraftTek (April 7)
1. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State; 2. Marcus Martin, C, USC; 3a. Jimmie ward, SS, Northern Illinois; 3b. Tevlin Smith, ILB, Florida State; 4. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon; 5a. Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming; 5b. Ricky Havili-Heimuli, DT, Oregon; 6. Xavier Grimble, TE, USC; 7. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame.
Jeff Schudel, The News-Herald (April 6)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. "The Packers need more than offense to be a Super Bowl team."
Terez A. Paylor, Kansas City Star (April 5)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "Mosley is a smart three-down linebacker with excellent intangibles and collegiate production, all of which makes him an ideal plug-and-play type in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' defense."
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times (April 5)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. "The Packers are re-making their defensive line and they're looking for taller, more powerful guys who can move. The raw, 6-foot-6 Hageman would be a base end in the 3-4 and he could learn from Julius Peppers."
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com (April 4)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. "Shazier is a sideline-to-sideline player and would line up on the weak side as well as being the nickel middle linebacker. He is always around the ball with nine forced fumbles, 40 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks."
Fred Greetham, FOX Sports Ohio (April 3)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Doug Farrar, SI.com (April 3)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. " Dom Capers' defensive line, formerly a strength of the team, now has considerable issues. Tackle B.J. Raji is back on a one-year "prove-it" deal, while Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly are maybes to return, at best. At 6-6 and 310 pounds, Hageman has the potential to play tackle or end, and he's a tackles-for-loss machine at his best. Some have compared Hageman to an embryonic J.J. Watt, and while that's a stretch at this point, he does have All-Pro potential in a purely physical sense."
Matt Smith, NFL.com (April 3)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "They addressed their need at OLB/DL with the Julius Peppers signing, but they desperately need ILB help/depth."
Eddie Brown of UT-San Diego (April 2)
1. HaHa Clinton Dix, S, Alabama; 2. Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford; 3a. Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU; 3b. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa; 4. Bryan Stork, C, Florida State; 5a. Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke; 5b. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com (April 2)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. "They looked so slow at times at linebacker. Shazier can run."
Shawn Zobel, Draft HQ (March 29)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. "With Jermichael Finley's departure, the Packers currently hold recently re-signed Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick as their top players at the tight end position. To add another dimension to this offense, considering adding a premier talent in the form of North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron would be a move worth strongly considering. Eric Ebron is a matchup nightmare due to his size, strength, and speed for the position. He compares to a high-end Ed Dickson and would be capable of producing immediately for the Packers."
Glen B., DraftDaddy.com (March 28)
1. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville; 2. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt; 3a. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa; 3b. Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
Ourlads (March 26)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. "The Packers will also consider the top safeties if any are available. Eric Ebron fills a major need as a receiver and a TE.He lines up wide or in the slot and can beat coverage with strength, athleticism, and quickness. He is equally as skilled catching a screen, crosser, or vertical route. ARM: 33 1/4, HAND: 10", BP 24 Reps."
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